Morgan State declares Princess Anne Academy Day

Dec 4, 2017
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--Morgan State University's year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary included a Founders' Week ceremony formally recognizing the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's shared history with the Baltimore institution. 

Morgan President David Wilson presented Dr. Juliette B. Bell, his UMES counterpart, with a proclamation declaring Dec. 1, 2017 “Princess Anne Academy Day” as a sesquicentennial milestone. 

The Day Ella Fitzgerald visited UMES

Oct 27, 2017
Thomas Wiles

On a glorious autumn day 43 years ago - Oct. 27, 1974 - the University of Maryland Eastern Shore paid tribute to the 20th century's “First Lady of Song” by naming its performing arts center after Ella Fitzgerald. 

Fitzgerald spoke and performed during a 90-minute ceremony that attracted a capacity crowd to a 1,167-seat theater flanked by classrooms and rehearsal studios. 

According to those who were there that warm Sunday afternoon, it was difficult to discern who enjoyed the moment more, the audience or the honoree. 

UMES' golf program receives an Exelon gift

Oct 2, 2017
UMES Office of Public Relations

A Baltimore-area utility company that sponsored a major pro golf tournament this past summer has made a donation to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's PGA golf management program. 

The $20,000 gift from Constellation, an Exelon Company, will be used to purchase computerized teaching equipment and to pay for upgrades to irrigation for the on-campus practice green. 

2017 UMES Physical Therapy grads receive degrees

Sep 15, 2017
UMES Office of Public Relations

Two sisters from Baltimore County were among 29 students who received Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees today at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's 2017 summer commencement. 

Kayla Coad of Parkville was just behind older sister Karis crossing the stage at the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, which doubled as the venue for the 131st Founders' Day convocation. 

Graduates and the audience also were treated to an announcement from the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the United Methodist Church, which bestowed denomination historic site status on UMES. 

Evolution of the Mission (an essay)

Sep 13, 2017

When the Civil War ended in 1865, Negroes recognized education was the path to providing for one’s family and to bettering one’s condition in society. Despite newfound freedoms, former slaves and freedmen had few options to pursue elementary, much less higher education. Access to formal education was an exceptionally rare in rural communities. In small towns, Negro education fell to the church, where students learned their earliest lessons from local clergy.